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Voices and experiences of the women who lived and worked in Oak Ridge The Girls of Atomic City rescues a remarkable forgotten chapter of World War II from obscurity Denise Kiernan captures the spirit of the times through these women their pluck their desire to contribute and their enduring courage “A phenomenal story” and Publishers Weekly called it an “intimate and revealing glimpse into one of the most important scientific developments in history”“Kiernan has amassed a deep reservoir of intimate details of what life was like for women living in the secret cityRosie it turns out did much than drive rivets” The Washington Post. I made myself finish this wretched book There are some things through the end that were interesting but the author took a fascinating story and made it impossible for me to get into The editor did this author a grave disservice by giving this version of the book the green light Horribly difficult to follow and I didn t care about anybody because I couldn t keep track of who was who Wretched Wretched book Skip it I don t know how this book has become bad big as it has I can t say enough about the editing if the story would have been structured Differently it may have read differently because the actual descriptions etc aren t half bad Maybe she will rewrite it because the subject material is very fascinating the book sadly was the opposite

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The New York Times bestseller now available in paperback an incredible true story of the top secret World War II town of Oak Ridge Tennessee and the young women brought there unknowingly to help build the atomic bomb“The best kind of nonfiction marvelously reported fluidly written and a remarkable storyAs meticulous and brilliant as it is compulsively readable” Karen Abbott author of Sin in the Second CityAt the height of World War II Oak Ridge Tennessee was home to 75000 residents and consumed electricity than New York City yet it was shrouded in such secrecy that it did not appear on any map Thousands of civilians many of them young. If you read my reviews and thanks if you do you know that I virtually NEVER give a book 5 stars Few books deserve itBut I am breaking my own rule on this oneMost of the adult non fiction I have read in recent years has been pretentious badly written and highly overrated by reviewers But this book is outstanding From the first page it reads like a well written novel only it tells a true story It s the story of Oak Ridge Tennessee a city created by the government to develop the atomic bomb program Thousands of men and women come to live and work in Oak Ridge from all over the country but only a few actually have any sort of idea of what their work is about It is not until the first atomic bomb is dropped on Japan that the secret comes out security is that fierceKiernan tells this story from the viewpoints of a number of the women of Oak Ridge ranging from scientists given the little woman treatment to a local girl who discovers her Yankee boss finds her accent amusing and shows her off to other officers for that reason to an African American janitor who is forced to live under demeaning Jim Crow conditions she is not allowed to live with her husband and can t bring her children to the complex but finds ways to keep her dignity intact Their voices drawn from many interviews with these women ring true and this is one book where the end notes are well worth reading as the author gives detailed information from those interviews and other background information This is non fiction as it should be written and I hope that Kiernan finds another topic to present in such excellent style Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide unknowingly to help build the atomic bomb“The best kind of nonfiction marvelously reported fluidly written and a remarkable storyAs meticulous and brilliant as it is compulsively readable” Karen Abbott author of Sin in the Second CityAt the height of World War II Oak Ridge Tennessee was home to 75000 residents and consumed electricity than New York City yet it was shrouded in such secrecy that it did not appear on any map Thousands of civilians many of them young. If you read my reviews and thanks if you do you know that I virtually NEVER give a book 5 stars Few books deserve itBut I am breaking my own rule on this oneMost of the adult non fiction I have read in recent years has been pretentious badly written and highly overrated by reviewers But this book is outstanding From the first page it reads like a well written novel only it tells a true story It s the story of Oak Ridge Tennessee a city created by the government to develop the atomic bomb program Thousands of men and women come to live and work in Oak Ridge from all over the country but only a few actually have any sort of idea of what their work is about It is not The White Nights of Ramadan until the first atomic bomb is dropped on Japan that the secret comes out security is that fierceKiernan tells this story from the viewpoints of a number of the women of Oak Ridge ranging from scientists given the little woman treatment to a local girl who discovers her Yankee boss finds her accent amusing and shows her off to other officers for that reason to an African American janitor who is forced to live Beyond the Pale under demeaning Jim Crow conditions she is not allowed to live with her husband and can t bring her children to the complex but finds ways to keep her dignity intact Their voices drawn from many interviews with these women ring true and this is one book where the end notes are well worth reading as the author gives detailed information from those interviews and other background information This is non fiction as it should be written and I hope that Kiernan finds another topic to present in such excellent style

review The Girls of Atomic City The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

Women from small towns across the US were recruited to this secret city enticed by the promise of solid wages and war ending work What were they actually doing there Very few knew The purpose of this mysterious government project was kept a secret from the outside world and from the majority of the residents themselves Some wondered why despite the constant work and round the clock activity in this makeshift town did no tangible product of any kind ever seem to leave its guarded gates The women who kept this town running would find out at the end of the war when Oak Ridge’s secret was revealed and changed the world foreverDrawing from the. My father was a pathologist with an interest in oncology He was a pioneer in the work towards a cure for leukemia and his uest took him on many uniue journeys He had this idea that you could inject an isotope into an infected guinea pig and be able to read the path of the disease in the animal s body He worked for the National Institutes of Health and it was his resources there that allowed him to drive the family station wagon out to this place in Tennessee and pick up a substance to help in the refining of his idea Whatever it was that he picked up was in a lead lined box and we kids weren t allowed near the box or the car when he got home I remember him washing the car inside and out to make it safe for the family to ride in again I remember because it was the only time I saw him ever wash the car It was something relegated to his sons and daughter to do Daddy took the box to his lab and went on with his experiments His career was illustrious and his work brought him a nomination for the Nobel prize he found out after the fact and was the basis for other people to win the prize itself which was a sore point for him The box hung around the lab then came to our home where it was used as a door stop for years The base has been lost but we actually still have the lid and some weights used to help keep the top secure on the car ride between Tennessee and Maryland My husband says that early exposure to radioactive material explains a lot about my family I just glare at himMaybe it was my childhood awareness of Oak Ridge maybe it was my love of history but I had put this book on my reading list A friend sent it on to me thank you Nancy when she saw I was interested in it Such a fascinating collection of people in a fascinating time and place All were very ordinary and very extraordinary at the same time The secrecy surrounding the project some of the rules and regulations and the level of detail thought through in some areas while totally ignored in others such as what to do with the mud at the site to allow people to get about was fascinating It did take me a little bit to keep the various people and their story lines straight for though this is non fiction there are times when it really doesn t read as suchI found this a thoughtful and though provoking look at history and the women from janitor to scientist who helped build the atomic bomb They did indeed change the world The Illusionists uest took him on many Planet of the Bugs uniue journeys He had this idea that you could inject an isotope into an infected guinea pig and be able to read the path of the disease in the animal s body He worked for the National Institutes of Health and it was his resources there that allowed him to drive the family station wagon out to this place in Tennessee and pick Fishes of the Open Ocean up a substance to help in the refining of his idea Whatever it was that he picked Out of Bounds (Boundaries, up was in a lead lined box and we kids weren t allowed near the box or the car when he got home I remember him washing the car inside and out to make it safe for the family to ride in again I remember because it was the only time I saw him ever wash the car It was something relegated to his sons and daughter to do Daddy took the box to his lab and went on with his experiments His career was illustrious and his work brought him a nomination for the Nobel prize he found out after the fact and was the basis for other people to win the prize itself which was a sore point for him The box hung around the lab then came to our home where it was Grass, Sky, Song used as a door stop for years The base has been lost but we actually still have the lid and some weights Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos used to help keep the top secure on the car ride between Tennessee and Maryland My husband says that early exposure to radioactive material explains a lot about my family I just glare at himMaybe it was my childhood awareness of Oak Ridge maybe it was my love of history but I had put this book on my reading list A friend sent it on to me thank you Nancy when she saw I was interested in it Such a fascinating collection of people in a fascinating time and place All were very ordinary and very extraordinary at the same time The secrecy surrounding the project some of the rules and regulations and the level of detail thought through in some areas while totally ignored in others such as what to do with the mud at the site to allow people to get about was fascinating It did take me a little bit to keep the various people and their story lines straight for though this is non fiction there are times when it really doesn t read as suchI found this a thoughtful and though provoking look at history and the women from janitor to scientist who helped build the atomic bomb They did indeed change the world


10 thoughts on “The Girls of Atomic City The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

  1. says:

    This is the story of women who went to work in Oak Ridge Tennessee during WW2 I liked the subject I thought it was interesting But these women's stories were told in a bare bones sort of way I never felt like I got to know any of them I certainly didn't get invested in anyone's story Each person's story is spread over the whole book and elements pop up without much of a connection to other parts Keeping track of the main people was not str

  2. says:

    If you read my reviews and thanks if you do you know that I virtually NEVER give a book 5 stars Few books deserve itBut I am breaking my own rule on this oneMost of the adult non fiction I have read in recent years has been pretentious badly written and highly overrated by reviewers But this book is outstanding From the first page i

  3. says:

    Incredible story of how tens of thousands of ordinary American citizens worked in Oak Ridge Tennessee and helped build the atomic bomb Each person knew how to do their job but did not know the purpose of their individual tasks other than it wa

  4. says:

    Five stars for subject matter three for execution I'm always happy to read histories that focus on women typically left out of war narratives Add to that the fact that my grandmother was one of the girls of Atomic City and you can see I was eager to read this book My mother has said that the only thing my grandmother ever said on the subject was that everyone dated a lot during their time in Oak Ridge The subject matter was fascinating but

  5. says:

    Started with a picture that sparked Kiernan's curiosity and resulted in this wonderful book Oak Ridge TN managed to build a complex that employed 75000 people all sworn to secrecy Loved the narrative style of this book and that the book centered on the young woman who worked there as well as staff and others employed in

  6. says:

    My father was a pathologist with an interest in oncology He was a pioneer in the work towards a cure for leukemia and his uest took him on many uniue journeys He had this idea that you could inject an isotope into an infected guinea pig and be able to read the path of the disease in the animal's body He worked for the National Institutes of Health and it was his resources there that allowed him to drive the f

  7. says:

    Update Kindle 199 special today It’s a remarkable fascinating story Wow Once I really sat down and read the last 70 percent of this book on Kindle in almost one sitting on a couple of sittings I couldn't put it downThe 'details' from the Decision Makers Scientists Engineers in this book no longer scared me or feed into I won't understandThis story was FASCINATING I knew nothing about this topic prior to read

  8. says:

    I made myself finish this wretched book There are some things through the end that were interesting but the author took a fascinating story and made it impossible for me to get into The editor did this author a grave disservice by giving this

  9. says:

    I've been wanting to try this author for a while because I've also noticed her recent book on the Bilt Estate The Last Castle The Epic Story of Love Loss and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home which I will also plan to read I don't

  10. says:

    I liked this book a lot so four stars It is interesting well told and easy to follow Although filled with facts it is never dry or

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